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The Latest: Syria condemns Turkish 'massacres' in the north

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 10:00am

The Latest on the developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

15 Philippine troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:50am

Abu Sayyaf extremists killed 15 Philippine army soldiers in fierce fighting Monday in the country's restive south, dealing the government its largest single-day combat loss under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered the militants to be crushed for their brutality.

Pentagon calls on Turkey and Syrian Kurds to stop fighting

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:50am

Turkey warned predominantly Kurdish Syrian fighters on Monday to "immediately" withdraw east of the Euphrates River or face more strikes by Turkish forces that crossed the border last week in Ankara's major incursion into Syria.

French official: Calais border deal with UK must be changed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:40am

The leader of the French region that includes the Channel port of Calais said Monday he wants a new system for handling asylum-seekers trying to reach Britain from France.

2 arrested in Kenya, accused of IS anthrax attack plot

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:23am

Two people accused of being part of an Islamic State group extremist cell of medics attempting to launch an anthrax attack in the country have been arrested, Kenyan police said Monday.

Watchdog calls out India for failing to protect journalists

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:12am

India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters.

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for FGM

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Egypt's parliament is to vote on tougher penalties for female genital mutilation, after the Cabinet approved a bill to redefine it as a felony.

Saudi Arabia to close contentious school in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:00am

Saudi Arabia is closing a government-sponsored school in Germany that has been the subject of tension in the past.

Former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes by Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:42am

German prosecutors say they have charged a former Iraqi soldier with war crimes on allegations he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat.

Spain premier's talks with Socialist fails to break impasse

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:40am

Spain's acting prime minister said Monday that he would continue to seek support to form a minority government and end an eight-month political impasse even if he fails to win confidence votes in parliament this week as is expected.

Turkish jets strike Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:30am

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have pounded suspected Kurdish rebels targets in a new cross-border raid in northern Iraq.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

Officials in Yemen say at least 54 pro-government recruits are dead after a suicide car bombing. The Islamic State group is claiming responsibility.

UN expert decries Iran executions of 12 linked to drug crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:20am

A U.N. expert focusing on Iran has condemned the execution of 12 people there over the weekend on drug-related charges.

IS suicide attack in Yemen kills 54 government fighters

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:10am

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said.

NATO: Russia increasingly staging snap military drills

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:00am

Russia is increasingly conducting unannounced military exercises, straining its relationship with NATO, the alliance's No. 2 official said Monday.

Duterte to raise sea feud ruling against Chinese wishes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:30am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told China's ambassador Monday that he will not immediately press Beijing to comply with an international tribunal's ruling that invalidated Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, but would do so in the future.

Philippine president says no genocide in his bloody drug war

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:20am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his bloody anti-drug campaign on Monday, saying the nearly 1,800 deaths in two months didn't compare with brutality in Syria or atrocities committed by Islamic State group extremists.

Poland: Germany wrong to criticize anti-migrant EU partners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:20am

Poland says German Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to criticize European Union partners who are refusing to give refugee protection to Muslims.

3 Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:11am

Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms (209 pounds) of cocaine in their cabin luggage.